Tag Archives: Vienna

My Father’s Great Escape: A Few Answers, Far More Questions

My Father’s Great Escape: A Few Answers, Far More Questions

When I talk about my parents’ forced departure from Vienna, I generally focus on the tragic outcome: the death of almost all their immediate family members, except for my father’s brother, Fritz. On this Father’s Day, I’d like to focus on the bravery — combined with what must have been ingenuity and a bit ofContinue Reading

Survival in Vienna: My Badass Cousin Bruno

Survival in Vienna: My Badass Cousin Bruno

Here’s another long-time-coming post from my blog archive, this one dating back to July when my cousin Andreas Oberndorfer first discovered this blog and contacted me. I wrote about Andreas’s fascinating past, the missing links in his family — and mine — in the post Redheads, Resisters, & Red Light Districts, 1: Valerie Oberndorfer-Kornmehl.  IContinue Reading

Redheads, Resistors & Red Light Districts, 1: Valerie Oberndorfer-Kornmehl

Redheads, Resistors & Red Light Districts, 1: Valerie Oberndorfer-Kornmehl

Freud’s Butcher is the gift that keeps on giving. Just when I think I’m about finished with the story of my maternal grandparents’ family, another member turns up. This time it is Andreas Oberndorfer, grandson of Valerie Oberndorfer-Kornmehl and nephew of my second cousin once removed, Bruno Oberndorfer-Kornmehl. My newfound Viennese relative appeared out ofContinue Reading

Dayenu: A Kornmehl Reunion in Vienna

Dayenu: A Kornmehl Reunion in Vienna

Dayenu: It would have been enough. That phrase, repeated as a refrain in a Passover song that offers a litany of thanks for blessings piled upon blessings, has been going through my head sporadically since last October, when I gave a talk at the Freud Museum in Vienna. It’s been an amazing journey, albeit oneContinue Reading

Freud’s World & A London Reunion

Freud’s World & A London Reunion

There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes in the Freud’s Butcher universe, but it’s like the proverbial tree falling in the forest: If a blogger doesn’t post about events, did they really happen? They did, and they will–and here’s the proof. Psychology Today I’ve made many forays into discussions of Freud’s life —Continue Reading

A Great Family Research Tool for Viennese Jews: The IKG Archive

A Great Family Research Tool for Viennese Jews: The IKG Archive

This is Day 4 of the Family History Writing Challenge, 2018 While spending time behind the scenes trying to interpret the documents about Adolf and Bertha Schweitzer that I recently received, I’d like celebrate the remarkable source of those documents: the archive of the Israelitischen Kultusgemeinde (IKG) Wien. Getting Excited Over Old Documents I workedContinue Reading

It’s the Quinquennial Family History Writing Challenge!

It’s the Quinquennial Family History Writing Challenge!

Like many writers, I thrive on deadlines. That’s not to say I don’t rail against them and say many bad words when they close in, but without a strict time frame I tend to dither my time away. When I am paid to write, the incentive for meeting my deadlines is clear. When I amContinue Reading

Of Genealogies and Possibilities: A New Year’s Musing

Of Genealogies and Possibilities: A New Year’s Musing

Happy 2015. It’s that time of year when all the possibilities seem to open up. January 1 is an arbitrary date, of course, but who doesn’t want to believe in fresh starts, in learning from our experiences, even if those experiences sometimes seem arbitrary too? I ended last year on a sad note, with the accidental death of aContinue Reading

Live from Vienna….It’s Saturday Night!

Live from Vienna….It’s Saturday Night!

I’ve been in Vienna three days now…wait, make that four. As you may have suspected, none of the dire things I was worried about came to pass. I got an aisle seat on my overnight flight. I couldn’t sleep anyway, but not because I was worried about climbing over someone to go to the bathroom.Continue Reading

Inspiring My Vienna Visit: A Talk About Freud & Oscar Nemon

Inspiring My Vienna Visit: A Talk About Freud & Oscar Nemon

Several people have asked: What finally spurred you to visit Vienna this  June? Good question. I’ve been wanting to go for more than 2½ years, ever since I found out about the connection between my great uncle, Siegmund Kornmehl, and Vienna’s Sigmund Freud Museum, but had been dragging my heels. Money, ambivalence, pet care…I always had an excuse not to go. With the needContinue Reading